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The APA Eastern Division is conducting its 2018 elections electronically. This page includes the information about candidates traditionally printed on paper ballots in the past.

This year, the division will elect a vice president, a member at large of the executive committee, and two members of the nominating committee. The candidates for election were given the opportunity to submit candidate statements, photos, and other ballot information. All information submitted by the candidates appears below, listed in alphabetical order by the candidates' last names. See the Eastern Division Bylaws for terms of office and responsibilities of each position. When you have reviewed the information about the candidates, go to the ballot to vote.

You may also suggest candidates for future divisional elections.

Candidates for Election in the Eastern Division
Vice President Member at Large Nominating Committee
Christia Mercer
Michael Smith
Cynthia Willett
David B. Wong
Kathryn Sophia Belle
Miranda Fricker
Henry S. Richardson
Lynne Tirrell
Branden Fitelson
Michelle Kosch
Beatrice Longuenesse
Susanna Siegel

 

Election 1: Vice President, 2018–2019

The 2018–2019 vice president is also the president-elect for 2019–2020. The person elected will serve on the Eastern Division executive committee and on the board of officers for a three-year term (2018–2021).

Vote by ranking the three candidates in order from first preference to last preference, using the online ballot. Ballots will be counted by single transferable vote.

Christia Mercer
Christia Mercer

Vice President Candidate: Christia Mercer (Columbia University)

Degree Information

PhD, Princeton University, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 2004–present (Associate Professor, 1999–2004; Assistant Professor, 1991–1999)

Professional Offices

  • Founder and Director, Center for New Narratives in Philosophy at Columbia University, 2017–present
  • North American Editor, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 2003–2014
  • Member, APA Eastern Division Executive Committee, 2012–2015

Representative Major Publications

  • Leibniz's Metaphysics: Its Origin and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
  • “Descartes’ Debt to Teresa of Ávila, Or Why We Should Work on Women in the History of Philosophy,” Philosophical Studies 174:10 (2016)
  • “Anne Conway’s Metaphysics of Sympathy,” in Feminist History of Philosophy: The Recovery and Evaluation of Women's Philosophical Thought, edited by Eileen O’Neill and Marcy Lascano (Springer, forthcoming)

Website

Christia Mercer’s Website

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Vice President Candidate: Michael Smith (Princeton University)

Degree Information

DPhil, Oxford University, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • McCosh Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 2009–present (Professor, 2004–2009)
  • Professor of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 1997–2004 (Senior Fellow, 1995–1996)
  • Reader in Philosophy, Monash University, 1992–1994 (Senior Lecturer, 1989–1990; Planning Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics and Policy Studies, 1991)

Professional Offices

  • Member, APA Eastern Division Executive Committee, 2014–2017
  • Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, 2012–2018
  • Information Officer and Member, Council for the Australasian Association of Philosophy, 1995–2000

Representative Major Publications

  • The Moral Problem (Wiley-Blackwell, 1994)
  • Ethics and the A Priori: Selected Essays in Metaethics and Moral Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • Mind, Morality, and Explanation: Selected Collaborations (Oxford University Press, 2004), with Frank Jackson and Philip Pettit

Website

Michael Smith’s Website

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Cynthia Willett
Cynthia Willett
Photo Credit: Cynthia Willett

Vice President Candidate: Cynthia Willett (Emory University)

Candidate Statement

While perhaps the longest standing field of intellectual inquiry, philosophy is least equipped in two key areas: diversity and funding. But things are changing. Of late more diverse voices and perspectives are entering the profession. And the rise of publicly engaged philosophy is increasing our discipline’s standing. As a leader of the Eastern APA, I would build on these developments to highlight the importance of philosophy for the world today. I would be an advocate for new perspectives of LGBTQ, racial, gender, disability, indigenous, global south, Black philosophy, Asian, and cross-cultural re-mappings of the discipline and profession. Working with our staff and national leadership, I would advocate for increased funding for philosophy programs, for improving the bargaining position of adjunct and contingent faculty, and for countering threats to the tenure system.

I have served on the APA Executive Committee, Program Committee, and Committee on the Status of Women. As co-director of SPEP during its 50th anniversary conference, I worked for expanding the program beyond European philosophy. As department chair, I proposed and procured funding for the Institute for the History of Philosophy. My research and teaching continues to draw on multicultural (European, Anglo, Black Visionary Pragmatist, Latin, Asian) as well as cross-species perspectives.

Degree Information

PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1988

Academic Appointments

  • Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy, Emory University, 1996–present (Associate Professor, 1998–2004; Assistant Professor, 1996–1998)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Kansas, 1991–1996
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Le Moyne College, 1998–1991

Professional Offices

  • Co-Director, Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy, 2008–2011
  • Member, APA Eastern Division Executive Committee, 2007–2010
  • Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Emory University, 2005–2008

Representative Major Publications

  • Interspecies Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2014)
  • Irony in the Age of Empire: Comic Perspectives on Freedom and Democracy (Indiana University Press, 2008)
  • The Soul of Justice: Social Bonds and Racial Hubris (Cornell University Press, 2001)

Website

Cynthia Willett’s Website

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David B. Wong
David B. Wong

Vice President Candidate: David B. Wong (Duke University)

Candidate Statement

My research in ethical theory and comparative ethics has become increasingly integrated, based on the conviction that ethical theory can benefit greatly from serious dialogue between different cultural traditions of moral thought. My focus has been on the Chinese and Anglo-American moral traditions, and more recently on bringing Indian traditions into the dialogue. I have argued for a pluralist position that there is no single true or most justified morality but instead a bounded range of such moralities that have much in common but differ in important ways. I have also argued that Chinese philosophy has fruitful insights into the way that reflection, reasoning, and emotions such as compassion, love and shame can interweave in moral judgment and motivation. I have sought to represent philosophy in both its ambition to be clear and rigorous and to be adventurous in what it seeks to understand and to make use of.

I have been a member-at-large on the Board of Officers for the past three years and would like to continue participating in the Board’s efforts at making the APA more representative, helpful, and inclusive of all those who do and teach and study philosophy.

Degree Information

PhD, Princeton University, 1977

Academic Appointments

  • Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Trinity College Arts and Sciences Professor of Philosophy, Duke University, 2007–present (Professor, 2000–2007)
  • Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Philosophy, Brandeis University, 1993–2000 (Professor, 1991–2000; Associate Professor, 1983–1991; Assistant Professor 1977–1983; Lecturer, 1976–1977)
  • John M. Findlay Visiting Professor of Philosophy, 1999, Boston University

Professional Offices

  • Member at Large, APA Board of Officers, 2015–2018
  • Advisory Editor, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2015–present
  • Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Duke University, 2004–2007

Representative Major Publications

  • Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • "Early Confucian Philosophy and the Development of Compassion," Dao 14:2 (2015)
  • “The Different Faces of Love in a Good Life," in Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman, edited by Chenyang Li and Peimin Ni (SUNY Press, 2014)

Website

David B. Wong’s Website

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Election 2: Members at Large of the Executive Committee, 2018–2021

Two candidates will be elected. Those elected will serve on the Eastern Division executive committee for a three-year term.

Vote by ranking the five candidates in order from first preference to last preference, using the online ballot. Ballots will be counted by single transferable vote.

Kathryn Sophia Belle (formerly Kathryn T. Gines)
Kathryn Sophia Belle
(formerly Kathryn T. Gines)

Photo Credit: Jason E. Gines

Executive Committee Candidate: Kathryn Sophia Belle (formerly Kathryn T. Gines)(The Pennsylvania State University)

Candidate Statement

I am the founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (CBWP), a current co-editor of Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy, the former director (2010–2016) of Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP), a founding co-editor (2013–2016) of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race (CPR). I have been both a founder and an active member of several professional philosophical organizations. As a member of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Executive Committee, I would bring extensive experience and proven leadership to creating diverse and inclusive philosophical spaces.

Degree Information

PhD, University of Memphis, 2003

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University—University Park, 2015–present (Interim Head of Department of African American Studies, 2015–2016; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 2009–2015)
  • Assistant Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2005–2008 (courtesy appointment in Philosophy)

Professional Offices

  • Founding Director/Conference Organizer, Collegium of Black Women Philosophers, 2007–Present
  • Member, APA Committee on Blacks in Philosophy, 2008–2011 (Co-Chair, 2009–2010)
  • Director/Conference Organizer, Cultivating Underrepresented Students of Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University Philosophy Department, 2009–2016

Representative Major Publications

  • Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana University Press, 2014)
  • “Being a Black Woman Philosopher: Reflections on Founding the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers” Hypatia 26:2 (2011)
  • “Teaching and Learning Philosophical ‘Special Topics’: Black Feminism and Intersectionality,” with A. Marie Ranjbar, Edward O’Bryn, Eyo Ewara, and William Paris, in Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation, and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy, edited by Olivia N. Perlow, Durene I. Wheeler, Sharon L. Bethea, and Barbara M. Scott (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)

Website

Kathryn Sophia Belle’s Website

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Miranda Fricker
Miranda Fricker

Executive Committee Candidate: Miranda Fricker (Graduate Center City University of New York)

Candidate Statement

If elected, I would be honoured to participate in the business of the Executive Committee. I have a long experience of committee work and of various academic leadership roles, and in particular my previous experience as Chair of the Philosophy Department at Birkbeck College, University of London, and as Director of the Mind Association, among other professional roles, place me in a good position to make a positive contribution.

Degree Information

DPhil, University of Oxford, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center, 2016–present
  • Research Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, 2016–present
  • Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, 2012–2016

Professional Offices

  • Associate Editor, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2015–present
  • Director, Mind Association, 2010–2015
  • Head of Department, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2011–2012

Representative Major Publications

  • “What's the Point of Blame? A paradigm based explanation,” Noûs 50:1 (2014)
  • "Group Testimony: The making of a collective good informant," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84:2 (2012)
  • Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (Oxford, 2007)

Website

Miranda Fricker’s Website

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Henry S. Richardson
Henry S. Richardson

Executive Committee Candidate: Henry S. Richardson (Georgetown University)

Candidate Statement

I've served the APA as a nominating committee member and a member of its committee on best practices in journal publishing. I am now the APA’s delegate to the ACLS and on the advisory board of the APA-Mellon project on the ethics of journal publishing. For the last decade, I’ve served as the editor of Ethics.

This last experience has led me to believe that adequately addressing the philosophy profession’s problem with diversity will require, in addition to procedural reforms, positive initiatives that encourage philosophers to work in ways that engage with today’s serious social problems of injustice, discrimination, and need.

My own engaged work has mainly had an international focus. My book, Moral Entanglements (2012) argued that medical researchers, especially those working with impoverished human subjects, are obligated to deal with medical problems they discover in their study participants. In addition, I have served as the rapporteur of the World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology (a UNESCO body) and as president of the Human Development and Capability Association (founded by Sen and Nussbaum).

I would like to help the APA to find ways of encouraging philosophers to engage with serious social problems, here and abroad.

Degree Information

PhD, Harvard University, 1986
JD, Harvard University, 1981
MPP, Harvard University, 1981

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University, 2002–present (Associate Professor, 1994–2002; Assistant Professor, 1986–1994)

Professional Offices

  • APA Delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies, 2014–present
  • Member, APA Committee on Journal Practices, 2010–2011
  • APA Eastern Division Nominating Committee, 2006

Representative Major Publications

  • Moral Entanglements: The Ancillary-Care Obligations of Medical Researchers (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Democratic Autonomy: Public Reasoning about the Ends of Policy (Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Practical Reasoning about Final Ends (Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Website

Henry S. Richardson’s Website

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Lynne Tirrell
Lynne Tirrell

Executive Committee Candidate: Lynne Tirrell (University of Connecticut)

Candidate Statement

I look forward to bringing my recent experience as chair of the APA Committee on Public Philosophy to working with the APA Board. Through the committee, I have worked with engaged philosophical projects throughout the discipline, and am heartened by the creativity and breadth of projects that philosophers are undertaking. At this time of diminishing support for the humanities, we must support philosophers who bring philosophical traditions to conversations and projects that cross disciplinary boundaries, those who reach outside the academy, and those who do engaged work in its many forms. We also must continue to promote core traditional philosophical projects. To develop the full potential of philosophy’s future, we must strengthen programs promoting diversity and inclusion within the discipline, enriching philosophy today in myriad ways, and securing a strong future. I would be delighted to help the Board in its efforts to achieve these goals, and many others.

Degree Information

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1986

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, 2017–present
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1993–2017
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994 (Assistant Professor, 1986–1993)

Professional Offices

  • Chair, APA Committee on Public Philosophy, 2014–2017 (Associate Chair, 2013–2014)
  • Faculty Representative to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, 2005–2016 (Elected at-large position on board governing five campuses)
  • Member, Gladstein Committee (governing board), Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, 2017–present

Representative Major Publications

  • "Genocidal Language Games" in Speech and Harm: Controversies over Free Speech, edited by Ishani Maitra and Mary Kate McGowan (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • “Toxic Speech,” Philosophical Topics: Philosophy of Language, 45: 2 (2017)
  • "Reductive and Non-Reductive Simile Theories of Metaphor," Journal of Philosophy 88:7 (1991)

Website

Lynne Tirrell’s Website

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Election 3: Nominating Committee

Two candidates will be elected. Those elected will serve a two-year term on the nominating committee for the Eastern Division.

Vote by ranking the candidates in order from first preference to last preference, using the online ballot. Ballots will be counted by single transferable vote.

Branden Fitelson
Branden Fitelson

Nominating Committee Candidate: Branden Fitelson (Northeastern University)

Candidate Statement

I'm hoping to take a more active role in the Eastern APA. And, being a member of the nominating committee seems like a good first step in that direction.

Degree Information

PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2001

Academic Appointments

  • Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University, 2016–present
  • Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, 2013–2016 (Associate Professor, 2010–2013)

Professional Offices

  • Chair of the College Council, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University, 2017–present
  • Director of Graduate Admissions, Rutgers University Philosophy Department, 2013–2016
  • Director of Graduate Admissions, University of California, Berkeley Philosophy Department, 2007–2009

Representative Major Publications

  • "The Strongest Possible Lewisian Triviality Result," Thought 4:2 (2015)
  • "The Wason Task(s) and the Paradox of Confirmation," Philosophical Perspectives 24:1 (2011), with James Hawthorne
  • "The Plurality of Bayesian Measures of Confirmation and the Problem of Measure Sensitivity," Philosophy of Science 66 (1999)

Website

Branden Fitelson’s Website

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Michelle Kosch
Michelle Kosch

Nominating Committee Candidate: Michelle Kosch (Cornell University)

Degree Information

PhD, Columbia University, 1999

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 2014–present (Associate Professor, 2006–2014)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, 2000–2006
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, 1999–2000

Professional Offices

  • Editor, The Philosophical Review (2014-15 and 2016-present)
  • Area Editor, Kant and Post-Kantian European Philosophy, Ergo (2013-present)
  • Category Editor, 19th Century Philosophy, philpapers.org (2013-present)

Representative Major Publications

  • Fichte’s Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • "Practical Deliberation and the Voice of Conscience in Fichte’s 1798 System of Ethics, "Philosophers’ Imprint 14:30 (2014)
  • Freedom and Reason in Kant, Schelling and Kierkegaard (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Website

Michelle Kosch’s Website

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Beatrice Longuenesse
Beatrice Longuenesse

Nominating Committee Candidate: Beatrice Longuenesse (New York University)

Degree Information

PhD, University of Paris-Sorbonne, 1981

Academic Appointments

  • Silver Professor of Philosophy, New York University, 2011–present (Professor, 2004–2011)
  • Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1997–2004 (Associate Professor, 1994–1997; visiting Associate Professor, 1993–1994)
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France), 1985–1993

Professional Offices

  • Faculty Senator, New York University, 2016–present
  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, New York University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 2014–2015, fall 2013, spring 2012, 2009–2010
  • Member, APA Eastern Division Executive Committee, 2011–2014

Representative Major Publications

  • I, Me, Mine: Back to Kant, and Back Again (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Kant on the Human Standpoint (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
  • Kant and the Capacity to Judge (Princeton University Press, 1998)

Website

Beatrice Longuenesse’s Website

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Nominating Committee Candidate: Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)

Degree Information

PhD, Cornell University, 2000

Academic Appointments

  • Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 2011–present (Professor of Philosophy, 2005–2010, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, 2004–2005, Assistant Professor, 1999–2003)
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham. 2014–2016
  • Professor II, Center for the Study of Mind and Nature (Oslo, Norway), 2013–2016

Professional Offices

  • Member, APA Eastern Division Program Committee, 2018-2020
  • Editor, Noûs, 2013–present
  • Philosophy of Mind Editor, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2013–present

Representative Major Publications

  • The Contents of Visual Experience (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • The Rationality of Perception (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • "Affordances and the Contents of Perception," in Do Experiences Have Contents?, edited by Berit Brogaard (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Website

Susanna Siegel’s Website

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